Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and KANU Secretary General Nick Salat are battling a court case involving a 20-acre parcel of land also being claimed by a Kenyan in diaspora George Kiongera, Equity CEO James Mwangi and the United States International University.
Secretly recorded video of Gideon Moi filed in court
The secret video recorded at Sankara Hotel was filed as evidence in a Sh500 million case.
One of the pieces of evidence of the sale of the land includes a secret video recorded during a meeting between Senator Moi, Salat, lawyer Jinaro Kibet and Patrick Macharia Nderitu, who was representing US-based businessman George Kiongera.
Nderitu, who is the executive director of Diaspora Global Investments, had previously been used by Salat and Moi to help them sell properties and the 20-acre land in Muthaiga was just business as usual, until other parties laid claim to the land.
On the day the secret video was recorded by Nderitu, he was running late for the meeting at Nairobi’s Sankara Hotel in Westlands.
Senator Moi jokingly questioned why the businessman was late yet as a teetotaller, he did not have a hangover to delay his early morning engagement.
“I was caught up in a bit of traffic but I am now here,” Nderitu excused his lateness.
By this time, the politicians had accepted an offer of Sh25 million per acre from Kiongera, down from Sh35 million which they initially proposed.
The total value of the land agreed was Sh500 million, with an Sh100 million deposit to be paid, and the balance cleared within a timeframe.
Gideon opened the meeting asking Nderitu to pass a message to Kiongera, that payment of Sh30 million was needed urgently.
“The message I wanted you to pass to your principal is that we need some funds urgently…at least Sh30 million…and of course, go through the same process with the lawyers. But we’d just like you to speed up.
“The figure with us was Sh100 million, which we asked you to deposit…as a sign of goodwill…We will need your assistance and cooperation to convey our message,” Senator Moi said.
The court was told that Kiongera deposited Sh30 million in February 2016 and two months later, the bank (Chase Bank) that was supposed to advance him a loan to acquire the land collapsed.
The US-based businessman then turned to Equity bank which granted him the loan.
It would later emerge that in 2012, Equity Bank had advanced Sh300 million to its CEO, to buy the same property through his Muthaiga Luxury Homes firm.
The complex web would later get a new twist after USIU also laid claim to the land, arguing that it bought the land from ICEA Lion in 1999 for Sh90 million.
ICEA is said to have bought the land from DPS International which acquired it from the late former President Daniel Moi.
On its part, Muthaiga Luxury Homes told the court that it bought the contested parcel from the former president.
The matter is still in court.
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